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The F-16 was the advanced version of the National Guard’s planetary defense fighter, supplementing the earlier F-4. Using separate fighter types on ships and planets meant that the fleet could not “borrow” fighters from planetary defenses. Originally it carried only two anti-fighter drones (useless against ships) and was intended to protect the planet from fighter raids (while the F-4s kept raiding ships at bay). When such raids proved rare, the F-16s were upgraded to F-16Cs with anti-ship drones (a separate miniature to be available later) and the F-4 was phased out of service.
The ship is available in a variety of materials. Ships are unpainted, use standard flight stands available from many sources, and, while designed for gaming, make fine display pieces